Here’s a photo of some of our IT team, Natyam Jayanatha, Andre Garzia, Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami and Sannyasin Siddhanathaswami.
Andre Alves Garzia left Kauai for a two-day journey back to his home and wife Lily in Niteroi (across the bay from Rio) in Brasil. He spent a month here working on many projects and his visit was a great success. Among the thing he accomplished:
- Setting up a small Linux Server called “Buddhi” to back up our web sites daily and provide “disaster recovery” assurance for all our web content.
- Progress on our new SivaSiva app including a Hindu Panchangam module that will actually be released as a separate app.
- assisting the Pilliyar Kulam with their internal monk’s only web site that helps with coordination of all our monastic activities.
- Upgrading the software originally created by the monks to process photos and create these TAKA posts. This will allow other monks to contribute very easily and efficiently, even from the road
- Adding support to the media manager software we use in house to create web content. New innovations include Audio books and the Hindu Lexicon and FAQ content support systems. (Stay tuned for announcements on these, as we release some new content in the days and weeks ahead)
- Kick off discussions and advance planning for two major new web content initiatives relating to virtual tours of the Aadheenam and opening up access to our art archives in more user friendly ways.
The monks and Andre want to thank all our Digital Dharma supporters for their contributions which allow up to keep these initiative moving forward, always free and always ad free!
The monks gather this morning for our weekly Sun One homa and enjoy the leftover darshan radiating from the Maha Ardra festival celebrated a few days ago.
Several days ago the monks and nearly 60 devotees from around the world celebrated Tiruvembavai a festive holy day for Lord Shiva. The morning began at 6:30am with a stunningly powerful homa performed by Sannyasin Yoginathaswami and followed by an abhishekam to Kadavul Nataraja. Several Rudra rounds were chanted hundreds of gallons of milk yogurt chandanam rose water abhishekam powder and panchamritham were offered and the monks performed their yearly tradition of the 108 coconut chain.
Very little can be documented after the homa is finished due to the monastery policy of not filming Kadavul Nataraja. The monks are also all busy to film the coconut chain so you must actually come to experience the magic.
Today the kitchen named by Satguru as Nataraja Niliyam had new LED lights installed by Easvan Param. Easvan comes to the monastery several times a year to perform electrical seva. The old bulbs in this kitchen were fluorescent and burned out regularly.
Ardra Darshana is a festival honoring Lord Siva, the supreme God for Saivites and creator of all that was, is and will be. The monks, and grihasta devotees from all over the world, are gathering to watch Kadavul Nataraja receive abhishekam and blast darshan right back at them.
It is this great being that we seek, that we treasure with all our might. The formless, spaceless, timeless, limitless, un-restricted Mahadeva that dances from one plane to another will move rhythmically as he/she always does and we will be there to see it as we do every year around this time.
The sages have proclaimed that devotion to Ishvara brings samadhi. Saints have shouted His name with five letters and munis silently creep under the protection of this great God's breadth. They live for Siva's shakti, my shakti, your shakti, our shakti.
Siva is love and Siva is our destiny. From Him we came and out into the world we go, on a long path back to Him. A quote from an inner-plane being captures the essence of our journey and will make up the bulk of the slideshow captions.
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